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Published March 06, 2013 Updated July 11, 2022

Anheuser-Busch

The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”.

1899 USA Gray Lithograph Co Advertising Breweries Add to Collection
the Joker and the back design, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Assn, 1899

Anheuser-Busch Brewing Assn: Spanish American War 1

made by Gray Lithograph Co, N.Y., 1899

Right: the Joker and the back design. Click to zoom→

An early non-standard, advertising war deck of special interest to Anheuser-Busch and brewery collectors, this is the first version printed by Gray Lithograph Co., New York, featuring patriotic themes connected with the Spanish-American War. The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. Advertising appears on the Ace of Spades and ‘Uncle Sam’ Joker, the back and the box. The medals on the Aces suggest awards. A second version of this deck was printed by U.S.P.C.C. in c.1900.

Anheuser-Busch Spanish American War playing cards, published by Gray Lithograph Co., 1899 Two of Clubs, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Assn, 1899

Above: Anheuser-Busch Spanish American War playing cards, published by Gray Lithograph Co., New York, 1899. An inscription in tiny print on the Joker reads "Copyright 1899". Gold edges. The printing contains up to 9 stone lithograph colours… the popular printing method of the era. The background of each pip card has a sepia picture of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis. Images courtesy Rod Starling.


REFERENCES

Dawson, Tom & Judy: The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2000

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

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By Rod Starling

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Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.


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